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David Michael Slonim

b. 1966

   A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, David Michael Slonim has followed his dream of being an artist. As a painter, he seeks to push the envelope, developing surface nuances and mixing media. Cubism and Abstraction are two styles that have found new meaning in his work.

   In the tradition of formalist painters Ellsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, Agnes Martin, and Mark Rothko, Slonim explores the tension between structure, form, color, gravity, and spontaneity. Slonim’s art is frank and emotive. With confidence in the power of visual form, (the arrangement of space, color, and texture), the artist creates images that uncover the physical and psychological aspects of harmony and discordance. Pursuing honest human expression through this explorative process, Slonim establishes specific rhythms and motifs in his work. His process is always free yet deliberate, holding a tension between structure and spontaneity.

   Slonim’s practice was first nurtured in Landscape painting, earning him his first success in the art world. He had a number of substantial gallery and museum exhibitions including those at Overland Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ; Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN; Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN; C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT.

   2014 was the turning point of his evolution as a painter. Having already established himself in the more traditional methods, the artist found a new direction for his work with his affinity for artists like Paul Cézanne, Alexander Calder, and Pablo Picasso to name a few. Drawing inspiration from these Masters he reconciles color, texture, and shapes within his images. From the influence of artists like Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, Slonim explores the underlying emotion and structure present within visual form. Channeling all these influences he creates his powerful abstractions. The possibilities for the countless variety of visual expression are innately in Slonim’s DNA.

   David earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. For the next decade, he created images for advertising, editorial, and corporate clients including Wrigley’s Gum, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, IBM and T.G.I. Fridays. Beginning his career with a sold-out show in 1988, this artist has been on a creative journey and continues to capture the attention of the art world. His work was exhibited in such museums and galleries as Richmond Museum of Art, Richmond, IN; Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN; Masterpiece Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, IN; Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY; Arts Place, Portland, IN; Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA, among many others. Slonim’s paintings can be found in numerous collections such as Conrad Hotel Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN; Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN; Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN; Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN; Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN; The West Foundation, Indianapolis, IN; Anderson University, Anderson, IN; Community Bank Shares, Denver, CO; Toledo Public Library, Toledo, OH. He has appeared in LUXE Interiors + Design, American Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture, Indianapolis Monthly, International Artist, Herald Bulletin, and SouthwestArt.

   Slonim’s creativity expands beyond his paintings. He is also a prolific children’s book author and illustrator, with over 25 books illustrated, translated into six languages. His books have been recognized for excellence by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Society of Illustrators.David was selected to be a Visiting Artist with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world's largest children's museum, 2020-2021. He speaks regularly to organizations and schools, inspiring others to explore their own creative potential.

   Slonim has become one of the most intriguing voices in contemporary art today and Newbury Fine Arts is thrilled to showcase his art.

“Like Jazz, my work explore the tension between structure and spontaneity, form and freedom, harmony and discord, in pursuit of honest expression and joy.
Inspired by a wide variety of master including Cezanne, Picasso, Diebenkorn, Mitchell, Motherwell, and Rothko, I develop motifs and rhythms through improvisation. Colors, shapes, lines, and textures talk to each other, argue with each other, and-if I'm doing my job well-end up getting along. It often takes months with a canvas to get to that point.

   I feel an affinity with abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century, sharing the belief that relationships of color, space, and texture can convey aspects of human experience in purely visual terms.”

- David Michael Slonim

"At this point in his life Slonim has given intuition free rein. Although he is aware that the occasional viewer may wonder why his work is so spare or so abstract, Slonim is not interested in changing course. What motivates him is discovery, which he wills himself to each time he enters the studio. His commitment to discovery--which takes courage--is one of the pillars of Slonim's artistic practice. This commitment itself is a kind of structure, endowing each of his paintings with a precious and highly personal form of artistic integrity."

- Discovery is Everything by John Seed, July 2022.


2019   Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, Holding Up The Sun
2019   Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, Fragment of Song
2018   Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY, Wavelength
2018   Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, Conrad Indianapolis, 2nd Floor West
2018   Christ Community Church, Carmel, IN, Love in a Small Town
2018   Clark Gallery, Historic Bear's Mill, Greenville, OH
2017   Indiana University East, Richmond, IN, Color Moves
2017   Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, Conrad Indianapolis, 2nd Floor West
2016   Altamira Gallery, Jackson, WY, New Works
2015   Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN, Field of Vision
2015   Arts Place, Portland, IN , Color Speaks
2014   Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY, Improvisations
2011   Charley Creek Inn, Wabash, IN, New Paintings
2010   Private Show, Indianapolis, IN, Home Again
2008   Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, IN, New Work
2007   Private Show, Muncie, IN, Christmas Selection
2007   Private Show, Anderson, IN
2006   Meyers Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ , New Paintings
2005   Richmond Museum of Art, Richmond, IN, David Michael Slonim
2005   Masterpiece Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Coming Home,
2004   Hoosier Salon Gallery, New Harmony, IN, Plein Air Landscapes
2003   Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN, Nostalgia & Narrative
2002   Private Show, Northbrook, IL
2002   Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN Selected Works
2001   Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson IN, David Michael Slonim
2001   Overland Gallery, Scottsdale AZ Coming Home


2015   Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2014   Visions West Gallery, Bozeman, MT
2008   Pinon Fine Art, Littleton, CO,
2000   Overland Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1999   Overland Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ


2019   Color Play, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2019   Market & Design, Bridgehampton, NY, courtesy of Quogue Gallery
2017   Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, Contemplate
2017   Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, Forms / Shapes
2017   Long-Sharp Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
2017   Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY, Winter Small Works Show
2016   Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, Group Show: Depth and Vision
2016   Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY, Holiday Group Show
2016   Anderson Center for the Arts, IN, Beyond Description
2015   Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, Rhythms in Nature
2014   Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY, 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2014   Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO
2013   Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO
2012   Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO
2012   Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Four Person Show
2012   3Minnetrista Center,Muncie,IN, Open Space: Art About the Land,
2011   Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY, Yellowstone in Winter
2011   Bennington Center for the Arts, VT, Art of the Animal Kingdom
2011   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN, Annual Juried Exhibition
2010   Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY, Thumbnail to Finish
2010   CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, The Russell
2009   The Pastel Show at Richmond Museum of Art, Richmond, IN
2009   C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, C.M. Russell Auction
2009   Simpson Gallagher Gallery at the Potomac Hunt Club, Potomac, MD
2009   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2008   C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, C.M. Russell Auction
2008   Masters in Miniature, CM Russell Museum
2008   Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody Wy, “Spring Thaw”
2008   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2008   Richmond Art Museum Pastel Show, Richmond, IN
2007   C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, C.M. Russell Auction
2007   Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT Guest Artist
2007   CM Russell Museum, Masters in Miniature
2007   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2007   Gateway to the West, Bozeman, MT
2007   Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Richmond, IN
2007   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2006   C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, C.M. Russell Auction
2006   Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT Guest Artist
2006   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2006   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2005   C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, C.M. Russell Auction
2005   Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT Guest Artist
2005   Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH
2005   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2005   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2004   Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT Guest Artist
2004   Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH
2004   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2004   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2003   Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH
2003   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2003   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2002   Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ, Rising Stars
2002   Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH
2002   Whistle Pik Christmas Miniatures
2002   Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2001   Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH


Conrad Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN
The Haan Museum, Lafayette, IN
Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN
The West Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
Anderson University, Anderson, IN
Bingham, McHale & Associates, Indianapolis, IN
Community Bank Shares, Denver, CO
Toledo Public Library, Toledo, OH
Charley Creek Foundation, Wabash, IN
The Mazza Museum, University of Findlay, OH


2010   Best of Show, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN "Open Space"
2012   Purchase Award, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN
2009   Purchase Award, Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2009   Governor Mitch Daniel’s 2nd Inaugural Poster Artwork, Indiana Green
2009   C. Robert Farlow Memorial Award, Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2006   Purchase Award, Richmond Art Museum
2004   Best of Show, Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN
2003   Purchase Award, Minnetrista Cultural Center
2002   Best First Time Exhibitor, Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition, Nashville, IN
2002   Best of Show, Bridge to the Arts Festival, Indianapolis, IN 2002
2002   Panelist, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Rising Stars


2015   Clawson, Michael, “Rhythms in Nature,” American Art Collector, December 2015
2015   Holland, Mackenzie, “Artist Crafts Poetry,” Wabash Plain Dealer, June 21, 2015
2015   Faulkner, John, “Slonim Finds the Abstract in Everyday Life,” Ink Free News, June 26, 2015
2015   Miley, Scott, “Field of Vision Exhibit at Clark Gallery,” Herald Bulletin, June 16, 2015
2015   Towne, Michelle, “Forms of Abstraction,” American Art Collector, January‐February 2015
2014   Towne, Michelle, “David Michael Slonim: Improvisations,” American Art Collector, August 2014
2014   Meyer, Emma, “Anderson Inspiration,” Herald Bulletin, March 9, 2014
2013   Corriel, Michele, “Illuminations,” Western Art & Architecture, July 2013
2010   Schuerr, Aaron, “Plein Air Yellowstone,” Big Sky Journal, August 2010
2009   Hoerth, Kristin, “Artists to Watch,” SouthwestArt, January 2009
2008   Beaty, Sherri, “What an Experience,” Columns, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Spring 2008
2005   Berry, Skip, “Artist Finds Joy in Indiana,” Indianapolis Star, October 2005
2004   Shouse, Cathy, "Export Business," Indianapolis Monthly, 2004


David teaches painting regularly out of his studio and at various arts organizations nationally. He also speaks to school and professional groups about creativity and life as an artist. Host organizations have included Ashland University, Ashland OH, The Detroit College of Art and Design, Carmel Gallery Association, Carmel, IN, and Hanover College, Hanover, IN. David is also an award‐winning children’s author and illustrator with books translated in to five languages.


1988   Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

"Abstract Art is Music for the Eyes." - DMS